Let me introduce you to my sweet friend Katie at Simple Foody. She has a real gift for for making real food affordable through her frugal and creative approach to cooking. Today, Katie is sharing one of the simple and delicious ways she stretches her food budget to serve healthy, nutrient-dense meals.
Guest post by Katie at Simple Foody
Soup can be a frugal, yet delicious way to feed your family, which is why I recently posted “64 Nourishing Soups for Fall” – an amazing round-up of some of the best seasonal soups on the internet.
Of course, some soups are what I like to call “ultra frugal” – helping to maximize your food budget while still providing a satisfying nutrient-dense meal. Making soup out of leftovers is a great way to stretch those grocery dollars.
For instance, rather than discarding bones from a roast chicken, I like to save them for making stock. After dinner, I’ll throw any bones into the crockpot and cover with water. I’ll also toss in any leftovers vegetables from the fridge (or veggie scraps from preparing dinner). Then, cover and cook the mixture overnight on low.
By morning the house is filled with the savory aroma of chicken stock. I let it keep simmering until lunch or dinner. Then I carefully pour the contents of the crockpot into a mesh colander that sits inside a stockpot, collecting all that yummy chicken stock. I place about two quarts of the stock into a stockpot over medium heat. (The rest I save to make other recipes like nourishing rice.)
Then, I add whatever soup-worthy vegetables I have on hand, as well as some rice (or gluten-free pasta). I also gather any remaining meat from the colander and place into the stockpot. Within 30 minutes I have a rich, nourishing soup that was nearly free considering most of it was made from scraps that would have headed to the compost (or trash) otherwise.
Happy Fall Blessings, Katie at Simple Foody
Katie is a military wife and mother of four. She is passionate about family, food and serving the LORD. By day you may find her changing diapers, folding laundry, home educating her older children, and cooking three meals a day with a baby on her hip next to a sink of dirty dishes. By night she writes and shares recipes, tips, and tutorials for economical, nourishing and simple gluten-free foods at Simple Foody. Join Katie and the Simple Foody Community on Facebook for encouragement on your journey to healthier living.